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jug purse

Description:

chenille fabric purse. Of a similar style to a miser’s purse, this interesting piece is known as a ‘jug purse’ or a ‘pence jug’. They were used as purses for change or as a container for small items. By the 19th century, patterns for decorative objects like these were being noted down and published in popular books. It is composed of rusty orange, velvet fabric which is slightly worn in places and has a light blue silk lining which the majority of has unravelled, indicating that it was well used in its time. The purse is jug-shaped with a side handle. There is a bronze sliding ring on the handle which can be moved around to gather the fabric into a ‘neck’.